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Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera. 247 p. Amulet Books/ Abrams, March 11, 2014. 9781419710391.
Publisher synopsis: Ten-year-old Star Mackie lives in a trailer park with her flaky mom and her melancholy older sister, Winter, whom Star idolizes. Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future.
With an unforgettable voice with a lot of heart, Hope Is a Ferris Wheel is the story of a young girl who learns to accept her family and herself while trying to make sense of the world around her.
Poached by Stuart Gibbs. 328 p. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, April 8, 2014. 9781442467774.
Publisher synopsis: Teddy Fitzroy’s back for another zoo mystery—this time it’s a koala caper.
Can I say that I did a happy dance when I received my title assignment because I so enjoyed Belly Up and recommend it frequently?